Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Duchess of Connaught opens dam

December 10, 1902

The Duchess of Connaught today took part in laying the last stone of a new dam in Aswan, Egypt. Her husband, the Duke of Connnaught, who is a younger brother of King Edward VII, officially opened the dam, which is expected to make "the Egyptian desert a garden by controlling the sediment laden waters of the Nile," and to enrich Egypt by $100,000,000.
Egypt's khedive turned the key to open the dam's sluice gates.
The Duchess is the former Princess Luise Margarete of Prussia. The Duke and Duchess have three children: Margaret, Arthur and Patricia.

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